Iron-deficiency anemia (insufficient iron) is more common in people with hypothyroidism. Symptoms or signs of anemia include:
- Feeling tired or weak
- Pale appearance to the lining of lower eyelids
- palpitations, fast or irregular heart beat.
- faintness and breathlessness.
- hair loss.
- bruising that occurs without reason
- long or unusually heavy menstrual periods
In addition to your doctor's recommendations regarding treatment for anemia and any suggested iron supplementation, you can also consider the following recommendations
- Eat more foods that are good sources of iron.
- Help your body absorb iron better by eating foods high in vitamin C.
- Red meat can supply iron, but also helps your body absorb iron from other foods.
- Limit your use of tea, except herbal teas.
- Increase dietary fiber to prevent constipation.
- chronic fatigue
- arthritis-like pain in joints, in particular, the middle two fingers
- loss of libido (sex drive), impotence
- early absence of menstrual periods
- changes in skin color, yellowish, bronze, grey, olive
- redness in the palms
- abdominal pain
- shortness of breath
- heart arrhythmia
- elevated blood sugar
Treatment for hemochromatosis is a doctor-supervised program of giving blood, known as phlebotomy.
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